Re: Looking at the draft.
posted at 12/30/2013 1:06 PM EST
If you look at advanced metrics, Noah Vonleh is the most efficient player in all of the NCAA's (if you're looking at guys on this list). Rebounds well, has a knack for drawing fouls, and when he fills out could be a beast. Could be a Horford-type with his body that he's still growing into.
I need to see more of Zach LaVine before I sign off on him. Definitely a slashing/attack guard who can jump out of the gym. Need to see a more consistent jumpshot and he needs to play smarter.
Someone is going to laugh when Rodney Hood falls to them. Smooth lefty. Might be able to play some 2, but definitely a nice, lengthy 6'8" 3. James Young is another lefty that can really score.
Jerami Grant needs to develop a jumpshot. Really athletic, really long, but needs to fill out. Valuable piece for the Orange. Tyler Ennis has impressed me a lot. He's the SMARTEST PG they've had in years. Not as athletic as MCW, not as good of a shooter as G-Mac or Jonny Flynn, and he's already better than Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche. Really crafty, great courtvision. He's silently been the most important piece of the SU offense. Not sure if he'll come out though.
Gary Harris is the best prospect on a probable final four team. A little small for a 2, but if you think Avery Bradley can be a starting 2, there's no reason to think GH couldn't be.
McDermott is the guy that could really surprise some people. He's an elite shooter, has good basketball instincts, but doesn't wow you with athleticism. He has a role. He has a "Spurs" feel to him.
You could lump Aaron Gordon and Chris Walker into the same category. Chris Walker is better IMO (good thing the NBA doesn't care about acedemics) and if he could develop a shot at all could really be an impact player.
Kyle Anderson is a point forward. Moves like a sloth, but is sneakily effective (think Paul Piece in his later years). He lulls you to sleep with his movement but then drains a jumper in your face.
Other guys to consider late:
Jordan Clarkson - 6'5" PG from Mizzou
CJ Fair - has improved every year at Cuse
Dario Saric (if he declares this time)